Trinity - Spadina (096)
This downtown Toronto riding contains some of city's most famous landmarks, such as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome), the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Chinatown, Little Italy and Kensington Market.
The riding extends from the CP Rail line just beyond Dupont Street in the north to the Toronto Harbour and Islands in the south. In the west, it begins at Dufferin Street, Dovercourt Road and Ossington Avenue, and is bounded on the east by Avenue Road/Queen's Park Circle and Yonge Street.
Almost half of its residents are immigrants, with the largest communities being Chinese and Portuguese. This area also boasts the province's fifth-highest percentage of people with post-secondary degrees.
In the 2007 redistribution, the new riding absorbed 96 per cent of the old Trinity-Spadina riding and two per cent of Toronto Centre-Rosedale.
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In the old riding of Fort York, part of which would later become Trinity-Spadina, Liberal Bob Wong defeated New Democrat Joe Pantalone in 1987 by only 137 votes. Wong held several cabinet portfolios before being defeated by New Democrat Rosario Marchese in 1990, by about 1,500 votes, and in 1995, by more than 2,000 votes.
St. Andrew-St. Patrick, formerly known as St. Andrew, was redistributed among the Trinity-Spadina, Toronto Centre-Rosedale and other ridings in 1999. Tory Allan Grossman won in the riding of St. Andrew in 1955, 1959 and 1963, and then won St. Andrew-St. Patrick in 1967 and 1971. His son, Larry Grossman, won the riding for the Tories in 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1985. He became Conservative leader in the second of two leadership races held by the party in 1985. Grossman resigned after losing his seat to Liberal Ron Kanter in the 1987 election.
In 1990, New Democrat Zanana Akande won the seat. She served as community and social services minister in Bob Rae's cabinet, but left it in the following year amid accusations of rent-gouging. She resigned from the legislature in 1994. In 1995, Tory Isabel Bassett won the riding and was later appointed to the cabinet of Mike Harris. After losing in the 1999 election, Bassett was appointed head of TVOntario.
In 1999, the newly created Trinity-Spadina riding was won by New Democrat Rosario Marchese, who had held Fort York since 1990. Marchese won again in 2003, capturing margins of more than 6,000 votes in both elections.
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